Motor vehicle crashes kill more teenagers than all other major causes combined. Texting and driving is killing more teens than drinking and driving.
If technology is the problem, maybe technology is the solution.
WHAT A PHONE APP WILL DO
There are a variety of mobile applications available. Basically, most of them lock the phone while the vehicle is in motion. Willpower and promises are admirable, but this is a sure thing.
SOME APPS HAVE A REWARD PROGRAM
Your teen can earn gift cards to Amazon, iTunes, or other rewards
THERE’S ENOUGH FOR NOVICE DRIVERS TO DO
FALSE SENSE OF CONFIDENCE AND ABILITY
Teens are so skilled at texting, they think they can handle it while driving. Teen drivers are also more likely to text or talk in high-risk situations, because they may not recognize the hazards as a more experienced driver would.
RESPONSIBILITY TO OTHER MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS
Distracted driving is a factor in more crashes and near crashes than any other single cause. By shutting down the phone while driving, your teen greatly reduces the risk of a crash—and could save the whole family a life-changing tragedy.
THE REAL WORLD, UNPLUGGED
An app that turns off the phone will help your incessantly texting and online-sharing teen learn to give their whole mind to the real world, at least part of the day. That’s a good thing.
Many text messages are ordinary touching base—where are you; what are you doing—no one should be risking their life for small talk. But imagine another scenario where a teen behind the wheel reads more emotional news. How would your teen react on receiving a break-up message or bad news; how would that affect his or her driving? Anyone would want to be able to react, but certainly not in traffic!
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